Letter from Bartholomew McCrohan, Blarney.
Date: Sunday, 30 September 2001 @ 18:52:47 EDT
Topic: The Name


I bear the same name as yourself.  Hence my reason for writing. Though residing at the above address, I was born and reared at a place called Reenacoola (known locally as "Rae") in Ballinskelligs which is situated some eight miles west of Caherciveen. The full postal address of the place is: Reenacoola, Emlaghmore, Killarney, Co. Kerry.  I visit the place a few times a year.

 

From the research of James McCrohan, Dallas, Texas.

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Letter from Bartholomew McCrohan, Blarney, to Jim McCrohan, St. Helena, Calif.

14 April 1980

Castle Owen
Blarney
County Cork
Ireland


Dear Mr. McCrohan,

I bear the same name as yourself.  Hence my reason for writing. Though residing at the above address, I was born and reared at a place called Reenacoola (known locally as "Rae") in Ballinskelligs which is situated some eight miles west of Caherciveen. The full postal address of the place is: Reenacoola, Emlaghmore, Killarney, Co. Kerry.  I visit the place a few times a year.

During a visit down there some time last year I called on my cousins in Caherciveen and learned of your visit to Ireland and south Kerry - I have been
meaning to write to you ever since -you called -as you will remember - to the house of Mrs. Eileen McCrohan, Main Street, Caherciveen who had a young, growing family.  Her late husband -Patrick McCrohan RJR was my first cousin. His father being my uncle was born and reared at the same spot as I.

From what I gather, you were interested in tracing the origin of your forebears.  Well, with that name they had to hail from the Co. Kerry. South Kerry was once supposed to be the strong hold of the McCrohans. The name is peculiar to Kerry south but is not now a common name even there. While it can be found in two or three other counties now, the ancestors .of those families hailed from south Kerry.

Well, as I said, having the same name urged me to write. Added to that I feel there is a possibility that you may be of the same branch of the name as myself.  The reason I say so is, that I used to hear my father RJR say that he had an uncle who went to America. I think he could have had the same name as myself Bartholomew (or Batt.)   He, I imagine, would have emigriated some time during the 1850-60 period. My grandfather -his brother was born about the year 1842 or so.  Of course I have no idea as to what state in America that man went. In those days and even later, people did not write letters or keep in touch. An odd person returned, it was only the odd one because travel was slow and wages low.  The fact that you are involved in instrumental music would also suggest to me that you could be of our branch of the McCrohans because my forebears were musicians and singers in their own right. Unfortunately, I did not inherit any of these gifts.

Now that I have taken the liberty of writing to you, I should say something about myself.  I am a sergeant in the police force stationed here at Blarney, Co. Cork.  The Irish police force as you might know were officially known as Garda Siochana.  I have over 30 years service -so my time is running short. I am married and have two children ( little girls) aged six and eight years.

I am enclosing some literature that will be of interest to you. I trust that you and Mrs. McCrohan are in good health and form. I will be looking forward to hearing from you.

I am yours sincerely, -

Barty McCrohan .


Station Road,
Blarney,
Co. Cork
9-10-84

Jim McCrohan,
4626 Alta Vista Lane,
Dallas, Texas 75229
U.S.A.

Dear James,

I take the liberty of addressing you by christian name, I am in receipt of your letter dated, the 23rd. July last and, note with interest your wish to trace the geneology of the McCrohan clan. You seem to be in possession of a fair amount of data already concerning the race. If the enclosed literature is of any assistance, it does indeed give me pleasure to supply you with same. I was especially pleased to hear that you got my name from James of Oakland, a man with whom I had meant to keep up a correspondence but put same on the long finger. I doubt if he ever succeeded in establishing the exact part of Co. Kerry from which his forebears came.

Now in regard to the McCrohan history in Ireland, the only information I have is contained in the attached papers. It would appear that the Clan held a prominance in Irish life since the 14th. or 15th century. they would seem to have had a stronghold in the Co. of Kerry and more particularly in the south west of the county. I have no doubt that wherever the name is found to-day - whether in Dublin, Ireland or in San Angelo, Texas - their forebears went forth from the county of Kerry in Ireland.

Digressing from the general history of the McCrohan Clan and dwelling for a moment on your own line of ancestry. From the contents of your letter to Family members, it would seem to me that your father was a brother of Patrick McCrohan (Pats) Killurley, Ballinskelligs, Caherciveen. If this is so, you would have had the same line of ancestry as myself - as I was reared in that General area. There are a few details that do not tally. One is that you say your grand dad's name was Patrick, where as if you were the person I have in mind, your grand dad's name would have been Michael (known as Mike(?)). He was married to Katherine Walsh (pronounced Welsh in these parts. Then the Patrick that I knew had a sister Ellen (Ellie) who was Mrs. 0 Leary - as well as the sisters Annie and Bridget - married in Ireland. You did mention that one of the McCrohan ladies was a Mrs Clifford, well I do know that the above mentioned Patrick had a daughter Eileen (of my own generation who is over there married to (?) P. Clifford.  

Now it has taken me some time to get down to writing this letter and I will draw to a close. You did ask for the address of Mrs. Fullam, it is : "St Albans" Sallins Road, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ire.   She is an old lady but very alert. As far as I am aware it was she who supplied the material that is in some of the enclosed correspondence. 

Now I had better give you some brief details concerning myself. I was born at a place known as Reenacoola, Ballinskelligs - at the western side of the town of Caherciveen. My father's name was Bartholomew (Batt). I am a Sergeant in the Police Force - known here as the Garda Siochana. I am now nearing retirement. There were two families of McCrohans in my native place, but it would appear that the name is becoming extent there now. I have only two bachelor brothers in the old homestead, myself have got only two little girls. I have another brother residing in the midlands of Ireland. He has a growing family of boys. I also had three sisters married here in Ireland - two still living. The other McCrohan holding in the Killurl which may have been where your father was born is at present locked up.

Here I will conclude, trusting this letter end attachments are of assistance and interest to you.

I am,
Yours Sincerely

 







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